So summer has finally arrived. The season of the promise of long dry days, self combustingly hot weather and the inevitable onslaught of wedding season. With a diary busting six weddings in just a few short months, however exciting this time promises to be, it also has me in somewhat of a tailspin ensemble wise, as I attempt to work out which groups of people overlap which weddings, so that I won’t be, shock horror, seen in the same look twice. You see, having pretty much grown up with my husband, we share 99% of our friends, which leaves me with very little wriggle room for outfit recycling. But as I hit the stride of my 30’s and with over 20 wedding attendances under my belt, I have devised what I think is a fool-proof Top 5 wedding season survival guide. Ready? Here it is.
1. Know your audience. While I know that the bride-to-be in July, a long-term Vogue staffer, will love my head turning fascinator, I would pretty much bet my Louboutins on the fact that the same cannot be said for August’s bride, the ex’s future wife. This potential minefield of a situation calls for something chic, yet sexy, that says I’m happy for you, with a side of look what you could have had. Remember the day is not about you (unless you’re the bride) and no-one wants to be snubbed by the happy couple just because of a wrong style move.
2. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. Unless you have an aircraft hanger for a wardrobe like Claudia Schiffer, you will need to re-use your frocks and this is where careful accessorizing comes in. That peach lace dress you wore with gold bangles and a cream fascinator can be transformed into a brand new ensemble by swapping the fascinator for a gold hairband, the gold bangles for a silver cuff and throwing on a wrap.
3. Be prepared. A wedding is a marathon not a sprint and nothing looks worse at the end of the evening than a girl walking around with blistered, bare feet. With up to eight hours of attendance to look forward to, if heels aren’t your deal, then simply don’t wear them or if you can’t bare your feet to be that close to the ground, be prepared. Swap the perennial wedding favourite clutch for a more practical option of a tote, ideal to carry a pair of flats for when it all becomes too much.
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4. Dare to be different. We all love the high street but what we don’t like is turning up to a wedding looking like a clone of all the other female guests. If a certain Topshop dress is a best seller, chances are a quick glance round the wedding reception will yield two or three sightings, so think outside the box. Some of my favourite and my most treasured finds (including my vintage wedding dress) have been found in vintage shops and luckily the internet is an Aladdin’s cave of vintage treats. Yes, they often need a thorough Dettol and maybe some alterations but a unique, semi bespoke dress is worth its weight in fashion gold.
5. Finally, and most importantly, don’t wear white. It might sound simple enough but you would be amazed by how many people I have seen at weddings wearing a tone a little too close to comfort to the bride’s. So unless you are planning to bogart the wedding and throw your own impromptu ceremony there and then, keep the whites and even the creams for another day.